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Fort Dodge, Iowa

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Des Moines River Valley, Fort Dodge is a city in and the county seat of Webster County, Iowa, with a population over 25,000 people. Fort Dodge is a major commercial center in North Central and Northwest Iowa. Major industries in Fort Dodge are gypsum and limestone mining, drywall manufacturing, trucking, the manufacture of veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, and retail.

Founded in 1869, the city of Fort Dodge has an enduring history of gypsum production in Iowa, which began when George Ringland, Webb Vincent, and Stillman T. Meservey formed the Fort Dodge Plaster Mills to mine, grind, and preparing gypsum for commercial use. The company constructed the first gypsum mill west of the Mississippi River, at the head of what is now Gypsum Creek. Gypsum rock is still processed into drywall and plaster products at several Fort Dodge manufacturing facilities. Currently National Gypsum Company, Georgia Pacific Corporation, Celotex Corporation, and the United States Gypsum Company operate gypsum facilities in and around Fort Dodge.

Fort Dodge, Iowa has a significant history of mining and manufacturing activity in industries known for their use of asbestos products, making asbestos exposure, and the risk of asbestos cancer, an ongoing concern for workers and others. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma in Fort Dodge, you may also benefit from seeking the advice of a mesothelioma lawyer.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Fort Dodge

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Fort Dodge where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Apco Oil Corporation
  • Bestwall Gypsum
  • Celotex Corporation
  • Certain-Teed Products Company
  • Consumers Coop
  • Co-Op Chemical
  • Fort Dodge Division
  • Fort Dodge Gas and Electric Company
  • Fort Dodge Light and Power Company
  • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • Great Western Cereal Company
  • Iowa Illinois Gas and Elec Company
  • Lehy Bridge & Tile
  • M. W. Kellogg Company
  • National Gypsum
  • Powerhouse
  • Universal Gypsum Company

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Fort Dodge, Iowa

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Iowa, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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